Short-term satisfaction

The section where Mrs. Tuoi is assigned to collect rubbish has a dog butcher shop. In crowded days, the owner often gives this sanitation worker more than tens of thousands, called "fostering" so that she cleans a pile of bony bones, apricot leaves, lemongrass ... half and half of the regular day, accounting for more than half Trash in a trolley.

On Tet holiday, she often comes home at 4am. Restaurants and bars are full of people, trash is full of trash. But the money made her happy, accepting to clear the piles of rubbish that filled the edge of the bin, overflowing the side of the road. The owner was satisfied, instead of dumping garbage in the right place on time, the janitors who had been given a few tens of thousands would clean it up. In the relationship of both sides, everyone has satisfaction.

In Mrs. Tuoi's neighborhood, I also met Mr. Minh. He works as a garbage collector in an apartment building. He was a "second-hand worker", that is, without a contract or insurance, so he was groping around in a dark basement collecting garbage bags thrown down through a floor drain. Ten years living in Hanoi, he did not speak Kinh fluently.

Mr. Minh's satisfaction was on a different level than that of Mrs. Tuoi: he passed it on to his wives and children. Two children just over 10 years old have dropped out of school, now follow their father to pick up bottles and jars from the trash. There, I saw the bright smiles of children, when collecting garbage, counting bottles, when ... playing with garbage.

The smiles of Minh's children in that dark trash cell were clearly something wrong. What could be wrong in an agreement where everyone present was satisfied?

I suddenly realized that the satisfaction of Mrs. Tuoi and the owner of the shop did not help the environment. It makes the habit of indiscriminate littering will be maintained forever. Apricot leaves and dog bones will continue to be thrown out onto the street because someone has cleaned them cheaply.

Mr. Minh's satisfaction in the trash bin of the apartment, as well as the satisfaction of the residents living above him, will never create a more efficient waste collection process in the distant future. Satisfaction also never improves the rights of employees later - his children. They will have to learn to be content in the trash like their father.

In our society, there are many "good to sell" cooperation, everyone is satisfied but no one can measure the long-term consequences.

Workers who spend their spring in the factory, working 600-800 hours a year are satisfied when they receive an additional monthly overtime pay. The owner is satisfied because the order is on schedule. The increase is not based on productivity gains, people who are squeezed out, always in a sleepy state, will be eliminated before the age of 35, but survive.

Sellers on the sidewalk are satisfied when not losing the rent, paying taxes and fees. Buyers are ready to park on the side of the road, under the road, pleased by the convenience. Even the order manager may get satisfaction with a "deal".

In administrative transactions with "lubrication" fee, the procedures are satisfied to save time and labor, not witnessing the bossy attitude, the perpetual faucet of officials even if losing a few hundred thousand more to several million. Officers are satisfied with the extra salary.

They smile in short-term satisfaction. The short-term satisfaction of Vietnamese people often becomes an obstacle to long-term development. It will always leave sequelae. 48% of people in the 2017 Vietnam Public Administration and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) said that they had to "lay hands" in order to get a job in the state sector.

The level of toleration of corruption has increased, showing the question: What is the amount of money being extorted so that people can voice their accusations? In 2017, the average amount that could result in a charge was VND 27.5 million, while that of 2016 was VND 25.6 million. And the percentage of people who are harassed determined to report has always been "sustainable" for many years, only 3%.

Below 27.5 million is a figure accepted by many people in return for satisfaction. The price of short-term satisfaction in the Vietnamese market has increased.

The situation may be less likely to happen, if the salary of civil servants is enough to survive, provinces and cities provide better public services, improve the capacity and attitude of civil servants and the feedback and responsibility. better accountability of government agencies. Workers will also not have to rely on 800 extra hours a year if the welfare policy protects them. Piles of dog-meat-trash will not naturally be cleaned, and the shopkeeper will be punished, if the environment policy is comprehensive. Public policy was created to prevent this "self-agreement" situation; to ensure the long-term interests of society are not violated. But in many cases, the policy does not do that, and the parties seek satisfaction from each other.

The smile of the youngest brother of Minh's family in the trash bin is not right. But I will not be able to describe to you, that the policy should have been designed so that you will never work in that bin, in exchange for the satisfaction of the four people in the family. brother.

When the parties agree, they never see their harmful effects. The victim is not present. It could be the future generation, the children of Mr. Minh and Mrs. Tuoi if the garbage collection process is still maintained by the satisfaction of their parents; it could be an educated young man who is still unemployed, because someone has run a payroll that should belong to them. It may also be the fate of a country that never goes beyond the middle-income trap, when both low-cost outsourcing is sustained by the satisfaction of workers and employers.

And you, have ever entered into a transaction that the parties are satisfied, but you still see something wrong?

Hoang Phuong